History by Letter: B

History by Letter: B - Questions and Answers


A classic history quiz - however, all answers begin with the letter B. For the first part in the series, check out History by Letter: A


History by Letter: B - Questions

1. Queen of the Iceni tribe, who led an infamous revolt against Roman forces stationed in Britain?

2. Ancient city near to modern-day Baghdad, most famous for its hanging gardens - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world?

3. Which man - the namesake of a country and the currency of his home nation - is credited with leading the liberation of much of South America?

4. What was the nickname of the famous Bristolian pirate born Edward Teach?

5. Which densely-populated nation in South Asia was formerly known as East Pakistan before it gained independence in 1971?

6. Which city was the official capital of Yugoslavia from its inception in 1918 until its uneasy dissolution in the 1990s?

7. Which city - the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire - was renamed Constantinople in honour of Emperor Constantine I, before subsequently being renamed Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire?

8. The spiritual leader Siddhārta Gautama is most commonly known by what mononym?

9. Which modern-day country in western Africa was formerly known as Upper Volta during its French colonial period?

10. Which city - the state capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest major cities in the US - was the location of an infamous "Tea Party" in 1773?

11. Which battle of 1314 - near modern-day Stirling - marked a decisive victory for Robert the Bruce over Edward II, solidifying Scottish independence over England?

12. Which Scotsman is generally credited with the invention of the telephone? 

13. What was the surname of French Emperor Napoleon I, who lost decisive battles at Leipzig, Laon and most famously Waterloo?

14. Which Levantine city was often referred to during the 20th century as the Paris of the Middle East?

15. Which English explorer became - during his attempts to locate the northwest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific - the namesake of a Canadian island (and bay), the world's fifth largest?

16. What was the surname of the 19th-century literary siblings Emily, Charlotte and Anne?

17. Which city in East Asia was often referred to as Peking by westerners during the 19th and 20th centuries?

18. Which Italian city in Emilia-Romagna (also the namesake of a pasta sauce) is the location of the world's oldest university in continuous operation?

19. Which British architect and engineer - one of the faces of the Industrial Revolution - is famous for structures such as Box Tunnel and the Clifton suspension bridge?

20. Which city - the birthplace of JRR Tolkien and the historical capital of the Orange Free State - is now the judicial capital of the Republic of South Africa?


History by Letter: B - Answers

1. Queen of the Iceni tribe, who led an infamous revolt against Roman forces stationed in Britain? Boudicca

2. Ancient city near to modern-day Baghdad, most famous for its hanging gardens - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world? Babylon

3. Which man - the namesake of a country and the currency of his home nation - is credited with leading the liberation of much of South America? Simón Bolivar

4. What was the nickname of the famous Bristolian pirate born Edward Teach? Blackbeard

5. Which densely-populated nation in South Asia was formerly known as East Pakistan before it gained independence in 1971? Bangladesh

6. Which city was the official capital of Yugoslavia from its inception in 1918 until its uneasy dissolution in the 1990s? Belgrade

7. Which city - the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire - was renamed Constantinople in honour of Emperor Constantine I, before subsequently being renamed Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire? Byzantium

8. The spiritual leader Siddhārta Gautama is most commonly known by what mononym? Buddha

9. Which modern-day country in western Africa was formerly known as Upper Volta during its French colonial period? Burkina Faso

10. Which city - the state capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest major cities in the US - was the location of an infamous "Tea Party" in 1773? Boston

11. Which battle of 1314 - near modern-day Stirling - marked a decisive victory for Robert the Bruce over Edward II, solidifying Scottish independence over England? Bannockburn

12. Which Scotsman is generally credited with the invention of the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell

13. What was the surname of French Emperor Napoleon I, who lost decisive battles at Leipzig, Laon and most famously Waterloo? Bonaparte

14. Which Levantine city was often referred to during the 20th century as the Paris of the Middle East? Beirut

15. Which English explorer became - during his attempts to locate the northwest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific - the namesake of a Canadian island, the world's fifth largest, and its neighbouring bay? Baffin

16. What was the surname of the 19th-century literary siblings Emily, Charlotte and Anne? Brontë

17. Which city in East Asia was often referred to as Peking by westerners during the 19th and 20th centuries? Beijing

18. Which Italian city in Emilia-Romagna (also the namesake of a pasta sauce) is the location of the world's oldest university in continuous operation? Bologna

19. Which British architect and engineer - one of the faces of the Industrial Revolution - is famous for structures such as Box Tunnel and the Clifton suspension bridge? Isambard Kingdom Brunel

20. Which city - the birthplace of JRR Tolkien and the historical capital of the Orange Free State - is now the judicial capital of the Republic of South Africa? Bloemfontein




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